Was Olympia Dukakis related to Michael Dukakis? The Moonstruck actress passed away at the age of 89 on May 1st, 2021. Olympia leaves behind three children, Christina, Peter and Stefan.
Olympia Dukakis is an award-winning actress best known for playing Cher’s mother, Rose Castorini, in 1987 film Moonstruck. She also appeared in movies such as Steel Magnolias and Mighty Aphrodite.
Is Olympia Dukakis related to Michael Dukakis?
Yes, Olympia and Michael Dukakis are related, they are cousins. Olympia and Michael’s fathers were brothers.
Michael Dukakis is a former US politician and lawyer. In 1988, he became governor of Massachusetts and the Democratic nominee for president, however, he lost the campaign to George HW Bush.
She has a younger brother named Apollo who was born in 1937. Apollo is an actor who appeared in films in the 1990s such as Last Action Hero, Hunter, American Heart and more.
Olympia and Apollo’s parents were Greek emigrants and the family grew up in Lowell, Massachusetts.
Who was Olympia Dukakis’ husband?
Olympia Dukakis married Chicago-born Louis Zorich in 1962.
The couple, who were both actors, stayed together until his passing in 2018. The pair were married for 56 years and met when Louis auditioned to play the role of Olympia’s husband.
Together, Olympia and Louis had three children who have all gone on to have careers in the film and entertainment industry.
After a period of illness, Olympia passed away at her home on Saturday, May 1st, 2021. Making reference to the couple being reunited, as per The Guardian, Olympia’s brother, Apollo Dukakis, wrote that his sister was “finally at peace and with her Louis“.
Olympia’s net worth explored
With an acting career as extensive as Olympia’s, it’s no wonder that her net worth is estimated at $6m.
According to IMDb, Olympia has over 120 acting credits to her name. The mother-of-three kick-started her acting career later than most at the age of 30.
However, she went on to have huge success in films such as Look Who’s Talking, Mr. Holland’s Opus and Working Girl. Olympia also won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in Moonstruck.
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